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Treasure in the Attic: Bread pan brings in the dough

October 4, 2010
Marietta Times

A very rare "Griswold" No. 26 double loaf bread pan made between 1900 and 1910 was found recently at a garage sale in Marietta. The $2 item valued at $4,500 was found down inside a box of old cooking utensils. The buyer who wrote me had no idea the pan was rare and valuable to Griswold collectors. One of these bread pans sold at Simmons Auction House in Richmond, Mo., in 2008 for $4,500. The Griswold Company first started out in 1865 making door hinges. In 1897, the company started making cast-iron and aluminum cookware. In 1957, the company was sold to Wagner Manufacturing of Sidney, Ohio. Today, collectors not only hunt for Griswold cast iron skillets, pots and pans, but also hunt for other items the company made, such as tobacco cutters, spittoons, waffle irons, and restaurant items. Griswold pans have a line on the bottom, called a gatemark, that was made during casting.



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